Palm ColumnWhich Palm shall I carry?
by Shawn Barnett
December 1999, issue 31
The good news is I have narrowed it down to three. Of the many Palms I have around here for testing, photography, and nostalgia, I've narrowed my choice for regular carry down to my blue Visor, my special Geek-Edition clear Palm VII, and my Palm Vx. Yes, I know, it sounds like the wail of the poor little rich boy who doesn't know which toy to play with today, but the question is a good one, as more and more Palm devices enter the market. Many people who have finally decided on a Palm OS computer are now faced with the question of which one to pick from the list below:
That's a total of fifteen Palm OS models currently available for sale today, with a total of nineteen models produced since the first Pilot was born. So narrowing my choices to three was understandably difficult.
Before I go on, I always carry my PalmPilot Personal with the 2MB upgrade protected in its POD case. I keep it in my backpack no matter what as an emergency backup. It can attach to the Palm modem for email if my main machine fails, and it stores all my basics with no problem. I upgrade its contents on a monthly basis. Its batteries need changing only tri-monthly. Amazing.
Despite my initial enthusiasm about the color Visors, now that I have one, I see the beauty of the Graphite. I still like the color, but find myself envying the green model. Yeah, green. With envy. How appropriate.
The Springboard slot promises to open up a world of options for the Visor, options I'm itching to take advantage of. Still, even without those options, it has a great calendar, world clock, and calculator; nothing I can't get elsewhere, but it's nice to have things built in in case of a battery failure. Still, the TRGpro offers expansion and external storage now, what about that? It's nothing against the TRGpro, I love everything about it, because I love the Palm IIIx with its flip lid, but I need to experience other form factors. It will definitely be an occasional carry, perhaps the new main backup on a trip.
So the Seven sounds great. Why would I need anything else? Well. I don't suppose I would, if they had just put more than 2MB aboard. I like to have at least half of my data space left, I suppose that's left over from when all I had was a 20MB disk, and over half meant no extra swap space on my Windows machine. Whatever the reason, I want more space on the Seven.
So which do I carry? I carry all three.
Shawn Barnett can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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